Antony and Cleopatra | Critical Essay by Mary Ann Bushman

This literature criticism consists of approximately 33 pages of analysis & critique of Antony and Cleopatra.
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Critical Essay by Mary Ann Bushman

SOURCE: Bushman, Mary Ann. “Representing Cleopatra.” In In Another Country: Feminist Perspectives on Renaissance Drama, edited by Dorothea Kehler and Susan Baker, pp. 36-49. Metuchen, N.J.: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1991.

In the following essay, Bushman examines feminist readings of Cleopatra's character in Antony and Cleopatra and analyzes her status as the “tragic hero” of the play.

To the discerning eye of feminist criticism, Shakespearean tragedy seems to treat women characters as reflections of the tragic hero. According to Linda Bamber, since the tragedies feature a masculine version of Self, female characters differ from the male only because they mirror the external world, the Other, all that lies “outside the Self.”1 Antony and Cleopatra, however, gives us glimpses of a kind of “self&#x...

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